This morning, pretty morbid rumors about former Michigan State basketball star Nick Ward. Thankfully, they are completely false, according to Tom Izzo and others close to the power forward.
This morning, Ward's Instagram account posted a headshot of the player. The caption added was incredibly distressing. "Nick is currently in battle for his life in the hospital as we speak prayers for him," it read. His account is now private.
That obviously set off a wave of concern on social media. Even more concerning was an all-text Instagram story posted on the account, which tried to fool followers into believing it was Ward's brother announcing his death. Luckily, the entire thing was quickly shot down as a hoax.
Nate Ward, the brother of Nick Ward, quickly confirmed to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press that the former Spartan is fine. He says that someone hacked into Ward's Instagram page, and that the family is now trying to get to the bottom of it. Izzo, Ward's college head coach, has confirmed as much.
Obviously, whomever did this is pretty disgusting for pulling a hoax like this, especially amid a large scale global health crisis, where numerous people are getting sick, and hundreds in the United States have died already.
The good news is that it is completely untrue.
Ward played at MSU from 2016-19, making Third Team All-Big Ten in his final season. He began the 2019 season in Turkey, but left after four games. In November, he began playing for the G-League's College Park Skyhawks.